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Western France Welcomes New Power Plant

Posted on April 8, 2011

A new combined-cycle power plant at Montoir de Bretagne in the Loire Atlantique region of western France has been inaugurated, according to GE. The plant is currently producing 435 MW of power, which is enough to power about 450 000 households.

The new combined-cycle facility features a GE 109FB combined-cycle system, including a Frame 9FB gas turbine, a high efficiency advanced technology (HEAT) steam turbine and associated generators. The 9FB is an air-cooled 50 Hz gas turbine and the largest member of GE’s family of F-technology machines, GE said.

The 9FB for the GDF SUEZ project was manufactured at GE’s European gas turbine headquarters in Belfort, France, and shipped to Montoir de Bretagne in early 2009. In combined-cycle operation, the 9FB delivers an energy efficiency of more than 58%. The 9FB is also equipped with GE’s dry low NOx combustion system, which limits NOx emissions to 25 ppm or less, the company said.

The plant is owned and operated by GDF SUEZ, the French multinational energy company, which will use it to provide additional electricity to the South Brittany region.

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